How to Inspire a Love of Math

By |2019-08-23T01:32:32+00:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: Using Mathletics|

1) Make math fun

The question-and-answer process can get laborious not only for students but teachers too. By bringing games and open-ended questions into the mix, students can experience that math is fun.

How to in Mathletics:

In Mathletics, stimulate students’ interest in multiplication by playing Multiverse, an immersive multiplication game. In Multiverse, students scan asteroids, navigate through space and even battle space pirates, all while learning and practicing their multiplication facts. What can beat an out of this world math adventure? 

2) Make math visible outside of the classroom

Create learning opportunities for students to experience that math and math skills go beyond the classroom walls. Math can be seen everywhere from the grocery store to sports to cooking. Encourage students to look around and see where they recognize math in their daily lives to drive home the importance of learning it in the classroom.

How to in Mathletics:

In Mathletics Una and Jiro’s Number Journey, teachers can introduce math to early learners through storytelling. Students learn counting skills and make crucial connections with quantity, in real-world contexts like visiting a carnival and a restaurant. Not only can teachers extend the learning beyond the stories with supportive activities, but students are able to make connections to math both inside and outside of the classroom. For older learners, correct answers in Live Mathletics (exciting 60-second math fluency races) contributes to 3P Learning’s UNICEF Education program efforts. Students aren’t just learning math, they’re also providing access to education for students in need, globally.

3) Embrace a growth mindset and celebrate mistakes

Mistakes in the classroom are a key learning opportunity for both students and teachers. Create occasions where students are set up to test their knowledge, embrace a challenge, and problem solve for a question that might not have a simple answer. This will encourage students to experiment and test their math ideas- imagine the learning possibilities!

How to in Mathletics:

The Mathletics Library houses a range of open-ended rich tasks, crafted by leading educators, including Dr. Marian Small.  Tasks are designed to drive multiple possible outcomes for success while catering for different levels of ability among students. Teachers are supported with expansive teacher prompts to facilitate and extend the learning with students. Mistakes are a part of the learning journey and these rich tasks create safe learning environments for students to test their math ideas.

4) Incorporate technology into classroom learning

Computers, tablets, and internet-connected devices are tools students are already utilizing outside of the classroom. Bring these devices into the classroom to connect students to a variety of learning resources. Classroom technology allows students to experience different ways of learning through videos, games, and interactives and provides a well-rounded, blended learning environment.

How to in Mathletics:

Mathletics is accessible on computer and tablet web browsers, allowing students to excel in their math learning not only at school but at home, on the way to soccer practice, through a virtual school learning environment and more. In areas where wi-fi may be unreliable, download the Mathletics Student app to access offline mode capabilities. Now there is no limit to math learning!